DeVan Family History and Genealogy

Weller Sisters


Enos K. Weller and Clarissa (Crary) Weller of Clarendon, VT had five daughters. The middle daughter, Clarissa Adaline Weller died in 1823 at age five. The other four daughters moved from Clarendon, VT to Ashtabula County, OH.

Julia Marie Weller married Cyrus N. Chapman in 1836. Cyrus's father sold him part of his farm in Morgan Twp. and all the Chapman's farmed there together. Julia was an accomplished needle woman. Beautiful specimens of her handy work in birds, flowers, and other designs are cherished by her posterity. Julia's mother Clarissa Weller lived with Julia and Cyrus during the 1840's and '50's.

Cyrus and Julia had three children: Charles, Demetrius, and Clarissa Adaline. Charles married Eunice Johnson, the daughter of Erastus and Sabra (Stanton) Johnson. Erastus was the local blacksmith in Trumbull, Ohio, near Morgan Twp. Demetrius (Deet) served in the Michigan 10th Calvary during the Civil War. He was seriously wounded in a battle near Lexington KY and badly crippled. There is no information about Clarissa Adaline.

Cyrus Chapman died in 1856 and Julia married Amos B. Sines in 1859. They both had grown children but no children together.

Ruth Caroline Weller became the second wife of Erastus Nathanial DeVan in 1835 (or '37). She was a woman of great energy and courage, well educated and a good geologist, possessing a fine cabinet of geological specimens. She was also quite an artist, and left some nice things in that line.

Ruth and Erastus had three children: Lucius, born in 1836 died at age seven months in 1837; Edwin, grandfather of Ralph E. DeVan, was born in 1838 and died in 1910; Ellen (Nelly) was born in 1839 and died in 1884. Nelly never married.

Sophia Weller became the wife of Orlando St. John at the age of fourteen and was the mother of the great geologist Orestes H. St. John.. Click the link to read more about Orestes.

Sarah Ann Weller married Solomon Billings in 1847. Solomon died in 1865, Sarah married Harrison House in 1867, and he died in Jan 1889. She then married William Crosby in Dec 1889.

Source: "Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve" and family records.